Last year, Apple announced the M1 Apple Silicon chipset. This is Apple’s first Apple Silicon chipset that they will be using to power its future Mac computers, and presumably iPads if the latest iPad Pro is any indication. While the M1 has proven itself to be more than capable, we have to wonder what kind of changes or improvements could Apple have to make it more on par with its higher-end and more powerful Intel Mac computers?
We might have to wait for its successor, the M2, which according to Nikkei Asia is reportedly entering mass production. Not much is known about the M2 for now, but with production lead times estimated to take about three months, it should arrive in July in time for Apple’s next series of Mac updates.
What’s interesting is how Apple plans to approach the Apple Silicon. With Intel processors, there were different models used for different Mac computers, with the Core i3s used for lower-end Macs, and the i7s and i9s used for higher-end Macs. It remains to be seen how Apple will approach this, and if the M2 will simply be used across the board, or if the M1 will still be around and will be used for lower-end and entry-level Mac models.
Either way, Apple has yet to give its “pro” computers the Apple Silicon treatment, like the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the 27-inch iMac, and the Mac Pro, so it remains to be seen if the M2 will be powerful enough to be used for these models.